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FdSc Applied Microbiology

Reasons to study Applied Microbiology

  • One of only few courses in the country of its type in the field of Microbiology with a focus on classical mycology.
  • Develop valuable employability skills and experience with the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry.
  • Undertake, extensive practical work in modern and wellequipped laboratories, developing skills to enhance your employability.
UCAS Code: C500
Institution Code: S51
Start Date / End Date: September 2017 - June 2019
September 2018 - June 2020
Duration: 2 years full-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Paul Kowabnik
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COURSE SPECIFICATION AND HANDBOOK
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see the course specification for 2017.

For detailed information about studying this course at University Centre St Helens, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: - 2017 Entry (Coming Soon)
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University of Chester

Microbiology is a laboratory-based science which closely studies and analyses the microorganisms that impact on the health of human beings, animals and plant life.

Our foundation degree in Applied Microbiology is one of only a few courses in the country of its type, in the field of Microbiology with a focus on classical mycology. It has been designed in consultation with local and regional employers and in response to the changing needs of the industry. This course provides an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the fascinating world of bacteria and viruses, paying attention to microbes of medical importance.

It will provide you with the opportunity to develop the academic knowledge needed to expertly engage with the practical and technical aspects of this industry, whilst allowing you to develop the relevant analytical, transferable and work-based skills. The degree is designed as a clear avenue of entry to a range of career paths and further study.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year will introduce you to microbiology as an applied science. You will also explore principles within biochemistry and will be introduced to basic biochemical concepts. Through data analysis you will gain confidence in the use of general mathematical techniques. Through the biology of disease module you will explore the fundamental concepts of aetiology, pathology and epidemiology. You will learn basic skills required to work in a microbiology laboratory. You will also study parasites in human diseases.

Year 2

The second year develops your knowledge further. You will be introduced to industrial microbiology enabling you to identify microbiological mediated industrial problems. You will also look at the theoretical and practical microbial physiology with particular reference to ecology, immunology and metabolism. You will also look at the methods, benefits and potential hazards of genetic engineering. You will gain insight into the diversity of pathogenic microorganisms. The work-based learning module will provide you with the opportunity to gain accreditation for work experience in your chosen field. You will also undertake your own special project allowing you to develop skills in independent study in an appropriate manner under the guidance of a tutor in the field of microbiology. Your findings are presented in the form of a written report and an oral presentation.

How will I study?

You will have access to specialist science facilities located at our Town Centre campus within our purposebuilt science laboratories, which house modern resources, to provide you with the best learning environment possible. The work-based learning module will be undertaken in a professional setting in which you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired from the course. In addition to lab-based study, you will also have the opportunity to go on industrial based visits to companies, allowing you to observe microbiology in practice.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is employed throughout the duration of the course through both formative and summative assessment including presentations, case studies, essay plans, question and answer sessions. You will also be assessed through essays, exams, laboratory assignments and portfolios of work.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by practising scientists who take pride in the quality of their teaching and academic studies. The programme team are well informed about historic and current developments and will share this knowledge through directly engaging students in their research. In addition, visiting speakers assist in the delivery of the programme, often providing novel approaches to, or presenting unique aspects of, particular subjects.

The Science department at University Centre St Helens is friendly and approachable and of a size that enables us to know our students personally and be able to respond to their needs.

Ref: Paul Kowabnik